Re: [atheists-36] The Sunday Assembly Atheist Church--I'd like it too, Dan; only I'd like the words "Love" & "Laugh" included in the Motto

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:28 PM
Re:  [atheists-36] The Sunday Assembly Atheist Church--I'd like it too, Dan; only I'd like the words "Love" & "Laugh" included in the Motto--which are implied but not stated outright.  One of my favorite mottos of all time, that I'm borrowing from a now deceased friend (Thank you, Tony) is the ceaseless & timeless Motto of "LIVE, LOVE & LAUGH!"
 
In reading through the whole article, I especially liked (& agreed with) the quote from Albert Einstein in the two paragraphs about 3/4 of the way down that read (after Dworkin's introduction):
 
Ronald Dworkin’s forthcoming (and posthumous) Religion Without God promises to be an erudite commentary on this trend. “The familiar divide between people of religion and without religion is too crude,” Dworkin wrote in an excerpt published in The New York Review of Books. Dworkin argues for a more religious irreligiosity, a “religious atheism.” To this end, he quotes Albert Einstein, a noted atheist:
 
“To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men.”
 
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To me also; it is the Mystery of our Existence -- & the WHY? of it is what Magnetizes me to the Questions that I can't help continuing to ask.  To ask those questions, I need Freedom to THINK; Freedom to FEEL & Freedom to ACT upon those feelings, in consort with my guiding "rudder":  LOVE -- which is first based on Honesty.  I have to be Honest within MySELF first.  Prepackaged answers that must coincide with established Dogma just don't "get it" with me anymore--not for a long time.  Like processed food; processed theology dulls my appetite, blurs my ability to recognize truth when I find it; bloats my natural senses & causes all kinds of unhealthy symptoms in trying to conform to "group think."
 
SO--I really don't want ANY particular label right now; Labels tend to limit.  That's why I call myself, descriptively an "evolving-truth Traveler."  A "church" that has no particular dogma and that allows UNbelief and questioning would be a "church" I'd be interested in too.  For the sake of Community; for the sake of Idea Exchanges & for Socializing--for FUN! -- the Best of a "Church/Nightclub" -- where we could DANCE in an atmosphere of Safety & Freedom -- AND see the same people -- have a sense of Continuity--be able to build relationships with others--the next week--the next month--not just "here today/gone tomorrow" -- That's not Community!  Community, for me, is a Coming Together in Continuity to Share & Play in an Atmosphere of Safety & Respect.  A Community of the Whole Person -- with Love as the Guiding Principle -- not a creed -- that's Crud to me--Fossilized Hindrance of Freedom to Evolve & Become All that We Can Become.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
--Norma
 


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From: Daniel Strack <[address removed]>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 25,[masked]:36 PM
Subject: [atheists-36] The Sunday Assembly Atheist Church

 
"Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More."  Good words; I'd be interested in such a "church."  --Dan
 




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